Chemistry

Chemistry is the study of all chemical compositions and processes, in order to better understand the way in which materials are structured and how they react in certain situations.

By studying Chemistry at A level, you'll explore atomic structure, thermodynamics and periodicity whilst conducting practical experiments in the laboratory such as inorganic tests and redox titrations.

Upon completing this A level, you'll have developed valuable laboratory skills and chemical techniques in preparation for university and your future career.

This A level is great to study alongside A level Biology and A level Mathematics.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

All A level study begins in September and will take two years to complete.

What will I study?

Throughout this A level, you will cover the following units:

  • Physical: atomic structure, bonding, energetics, kinetics, equilibrium, electrochemical, thermodynamics, acids and basis.
  • Inorganic: periodicity, group 2 metals and the halogens, period 3 and their oxides, transition metals and reactions of ions.
  • Organic: alkanes, alkenes, alcohols and organic analysis, optical isomerism, aldehydes and ketones, aromatic chemistry and organic synthesis.

In addition to the theoretical aspects of the course, you will also be assessed on your practical ability in the laboratory. An example of some of the experimental techniques you will be expected to undertake include:

  • Redox titrations
  • Determining an equilibrium constant
  • Purifying and organic solid
  • Inorganic tests

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed by examinations at the end of year 13 and assessments of your practical skills across year 12 and 13.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have five GCSEs at grade 4 (equivalent to grade C) or above, including English and a grade 5 (equivalent to grade B) or above in maths and science or separate sciences.

What are the course fees?

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2019), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation. For more information, please visit our dedicated Financial Support page.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

Upon completion of this A level, you will have developed practical laboratory skills, problem-solving skills and organisation skills to enable you to progress on to the next stage of your education.

This A level can lead to a wide range of degree courses, such as medicine, veterinary science, dentistry or biochemistry. You could go on to secure a career in a range of fields including geology, physical geography, engineering, physiotherapy, analytical chemistry, forensics or material science.

Ref: Deborah Pinchin

What our tutors say...

"Chemistry has radically improved our quality of life from the medicine we take to prevent an illness, to the detergents we use to clean our clothes. Explore what we, and our world are made of and how they fit together."

Debbie, Chemistry Tutor

Why choose our A Level Academy?

Dedicated Support

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Excellent Progression

We have progression routes that lead to university, a higher apprenticeship or employment.

Tailored Subjects

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